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Old 23-09-2010, 19:08
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Fluoxetine + Klonopin (Clonazepam)?

Is this a bad combination? SWIM recently found some fluoxetine from when he was prescribed that instead of Klonopin. SWIM's wondering if combining them will help his anxiety better than the Kpin by itself or if its dangerous and shouldn't be done. SWIM will throw them out if they're of no use to him while he's on benzos.

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please mention the generic names (clonazepam) next time as well, this helps to avoid confusion. thanks :)
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Old 17-11-2010, 22:19
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Re: Fluoxetine + Klonopin?

My friend's dog is still looking for an answer to this question. The dog has fluoxetine just sitting in his food bowl, but he won't eat it without knowing if it will harm him while on his current meds.
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Old 17-11-2010, 22:34
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Re: Fluoxetine + Klonopin?

Hmm, well I guess there are two separate questions here:

a) Is combining them a good idea?

Well, it's not a bad idea in terms of a dangerous one, but I don't think it will be helpful at all. Fluoxetine, like all SSRIs, takes a while until its effects come on, so that, depending on the amount your friend's dog has left, or the time span during which he considers taking it, it wouldn't even get to producing a noticeable effect. Also, more generally, if a benzo doesn't work against said dog's anxiety, throwing in an SSRI will probably not make the situation any better.

b) How can your friend's dog deal with his residual anxiety?

If said dog considers adding another drug to treat his anxiety, this would probably indicate that he's not satisfied with his anxiety treatment. There are basically two things I'd have to say: psychological interventions have great efficacy in treating a huge variety of anxious disorders. So, if your dog has not seen a psychologist so far, or does no longer see one regularly, I would really suggest he'd enter some form of psychotherapy. If he has already seen a psychologist, but wasn't satisfied, he can try a different one, and maybe a different treatment approach as well. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is generally a good start though. Besides that, other drug-based treatment approaches may be more promising than his current one. Of course, the "gold standard" for treatment of anxiety, alprazolam (Xanax) is an option, but so are other drugs. Do you have opipramol in the United States? It's a promising non-benzo drug for anxiety. In any case, any change to your friend's dog's medication should be done in close cooperation with a psychiatrist (please don't have him go to his GP for this issue, he needs a specialist).

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Re: Fluoxetine + Klonopin?

The combination of fluoxetine and clonazepam (klonopin) is commonly prescribed and not dangerous.

I feel the need to be responsible and add that if SSRI treatment is not sufficient enough to control your dog's anxiety, you should let the doctor who prescribed it for him know that. Self-medication with benzodiazapines such as clonazepam is tricky and administration of this medication to your dog without the doctor's knowledge can lead to rapid tolerance and withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation that is potentially life-threatening.

I am only adding that because, while I believe your question to be a valid one, it leads me to think that you don't have much knowledge about how these drugs work and that's OKAY, I'm glad that you asked, but please take care with these medications.

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Re: Fluoxetine + Klonopin?

I was prescribed prozac and klonopin daily for over three years. I would not suggest starting SSRI treatment on your own though. A doctor should be the one that does it. Any doctor that gives you klonopin will have no problem giving you prozac. Without getting a regular prescription, prozac will not help you. It has to be taken daily for several weeks before any effects happen and must be continued for the effects to continue. I doubt you have an everlasting supply of prozac so I would say it would be useless to start it without a doctor giving it to you.

Will it help? Dunno, for some it does, for some it don't. Prozac decreased my depression by like 50%. Klonopin decreased my anxiety by probably 70%. Prozac on it's own helped my anxiety less than 5%. I've noticed no difference in my anxiety when just taking klonopin compared to taking klonopin and prozac together.

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thanks for detailing what did what for you in the fluoxetine/clonazepam combo...
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Old 18-11-2010, 04:59
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Re: Fluoxetine + Klonopin?

The doggy has almost 4 months of Fluoxetine left. He got the meds, used them for a month, didn't like them, but got refills anyway just because he had them and figured they might come in handy later. The doggy was dumb and dumped one bottle down the toilet (stupid, I know) so he's short one month. But the doggy has enough to use to see if they work long term. Thank you all! The doggy will be happy to try this. His doctor will give him fluoxetine and even offered it before starting him on clonazepam. The doggy said it didn't help him, so the doc only gave him klonopin. The doggy will start using the fluoxetine and klonopin until his next doctor visit. He'll let the doc know if its any better and get a new prescription. Thanks again. =)
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Re: Fluoxetine + Klonopin?

Well, in that case, good luck to the dog, and please ask him to report back to you his experience with how it went, it would make a great addition to this thread!

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